Do you clench or grind your teeth when you sleep? If so, then it pays to talk to your dentist about it as it can lead to a whole array of dental problems. One of these problems is receding gums. If you manage to control the clenching or grinding, then your gum health can improve out of sight and you can reverse the receding gums once and for all.
How Grinding and Clenching affect Gum Health
When you clench your jaw and grind your teeth it places a lot of pressure on the teeth and forces them downwards. This downward force can cause spaces to develop between the teeth and the gums. If you grind the teeth enough, then the movement starts to affect the gums and cause them to recede. Your gums are the support system that keeps your teeth firmly in place. If the support is lost, then your teeth can become wobbly and may eventually fall out. The spaces that open up between the gum and tooth can also allow bacteria to settle in place and lead to infection.
Why It Matters
Once the bacteria start to grow and multiply in the spaces and below the gum line, this can lead to a growth of plaque and tartar. Plaque and tartar can make the condition a whole lot worse and cause gum disease. It then becomes very important to take control of the bacteria in order to avoid having the condition worsen.
What You Can Do
It can be difficult to avoid grinding or clenching your teeth without the help of a dentist. Here are a couple of tips that can assist with controlling the grinding and clenching action:
- Visit your dentist for advice. They can assess the amount of damage that has already occurred and put into action a treatment plan.
- It is common to grind your teeth while you sleep, dentists may be able to give you a device to wear while you sleep in order to prevent the grinding. If you do it during the course of the day, then you should try to be aware of it and notice when you are doing it.
- There may be some jaw relaxation exercises that you can do to loosen up the jaw and stop you from clenching or grinding.
Grinding and clenching your teeth can cause receding gums and gum disease. Visit your dentist for assistance with this practice and prevent the receding gums from getting worse.